- in the Ottoman Empire,
- a council of state or the room in which it was held
- the audience chamber of a government office
- a large, low couch or sofa, usually without armrests or back
- a coffee room, café, or smoking room
Origin of divanTurkish d?w?n from Pers, origin, originally , bundle of written sheets, hence accounts, customhouse, council room, appropriate furniture
- A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
- a. A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim countries.b. The seat used by an administrator when holding audience.c. A government bureau or council chamber.
- A coffeehouse or smoking room.
- A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
Origin of divanFrench from Ottoman Turkish dīvān from Persian archive, chancery, government office, poet's divan from Middle Persian dīwān collection of documents, archive from Old Persian dipivahanam document house dipi- writing, inscription ( from Akkadian &tlowdot;uppu clay tablet for cuneiform writing ) ( from Sumerian dub ) vahanam house ; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A couch- or sofa-like piece of furniture made of a mattress lying against the wall and either on the floor or an elevated structure.
- (historical) A Muslim council of state, such as that of viziers of the Ottoman Empire that discussed and recommended new laws and law changes to a higher authority (the sultan).
- A collection of poems, especially one written by one author in Arabic or Persian.